USC Students for Justice in Palestine

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EI: Palestinian Refugees of Iraq

Posted by uscsjp on March 12, 2007


A refugee sits near the fence of Rweished camp, 50 km off the Jordanian / Iraqi border. (Photo: Maria Font de Matas IRIN)

On the border between Iraq/Jordan and Iraq/Syria today live hundreds of Palestinian families who fled the US war to find themselves stranded in no-mans land. These families live in tents, in squalor, with little certainty or hope for the future, like their parents and grandparents did after their expulsion from their own homeland in the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) by the Israelis. The Al-Hol, Al-Tanaf, Al-Ruweished and Al-Walid refugee camps in the Iraqi desert are examples of the on-going Nakba that Palestinian refugees face. The fate of the 34,000 Palestinian refugees who once lived in Iraq can be added to the many tragic stories of the US invasion and occupation of that country. (continued)

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